Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

In this Discussion

Here's a statement of the obvious: The opinions expressed here are those of the participants, not those of the Mutual Fund Observer. We cannot vouch for the accuracy or appropriateness of any of it, though we do encourage civility and good humor.

    Support MFO

  • Donate through PayPal

Osterweis Total Return Fund will be liquidated

edited October 2023 in Fund Discussions

497 1 osterweistotalreturn497eli.htm 497


Supplement dated October 16, 2023
to the Prospectus and Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”), each dated June 30, 2023

Osterweis Capital Management, LLC, the Adviser to the Osterweis Total Return Fund (the “Fund”), has recommended, and the Board of Trustees of Professionally Managed Portfolios has approved, a plan of liquidation and the termination of the Fund. This decision was made due to the Fund’s inability to obtain a level of assets necessary for it to be viable.

Effective with the close of business on October 16, the Fund will no longer accept purchases of new shares. The Fund will be closed to new purchases, whether from existing or new investors.

The liquidation of the Fund is expected to occur after the close of business on December 15, 2023 (the “Liquidation Date”). Prior to the Liquidation Date, the Fund will engage in business and activities for the purposes of winding down the Fund’s business affairs and reducing the Fund’s portfolio (to the extent practicable) to cash in preparation for the orderly liquidation and subsequent distribution of its assets on the Liquidation Date. During this transition period, the Fund will no longer be pursuing its investment objective or be managed consistent with its investment strategies as stated in the Prospectus. This is likely to impact Fund performance.

Shareholders of the Fund may redeem their investments as described in the Fund’s Prospectus. The proceeds per share to be distributed to each remaining shareholder of record on the Liquidation Date will be the net asset value per share of the Fund less any required tax withholdings, after all expenses and liabilities of the Fund have been paid or otherwise provided for. For U.S. federal income tax purposes, the receipt of liquidation proceeds will generally be treated as a taxable event and may result in a gain or loss. At any time prior to the Liquidation Date, shareholders of the Fund may redeem or, subject to investment minimums and other applicable restrictions on exchanges, exchange their shares of the Fund for shares of another Osterweis fund (if available) pursuant to the procedures set forth under “SHAREHOLDER INFORMATION—Exchange Privilege” in the Prospectus.

Any IRAs still invested in the Fund on the Liquidation Date will be redeemed and distributed using an age-based distribution code and may be subject to tax withholding. If you hold your shares in an IRA account directly with U.S. Bank, N.A., you have 60 days from the date you receive your proceeds to reinvest your proceeds into another IRA account and maintain their tax-deferred status. Direct IRA shareholders wishing to avoid mandatory withholding taxes from being taken from their liquidation because they plan to roll over their proceeds to another IRA should submit a written redemption request to the Fund with enough time to be received prior to liquidation day. Any redemption request will be processed on the day received provided the request is in good order. Shareholders who own the Fund through a financial institution or brokerage should consult their financial advisor.

You may be subject to federal, state, local or foreign taxes on exchanges or redemptions of or liquidating distributions made on Fund shares. You should consult your tax advisor for information regarding all tax consequences applicable to your investment in the Fund.

Please contact the Fund at (866) 236-0050 or your financial advisor if you have questions or need assistance.

Please retain this supplement for your reference.

From Osterweis:


  • Wow. Another fund close for Osterweis, and relatively early in the fund's tenure. It was doing well on a relative basis. What gives?
  • Good question. I had a nice talk with Carl Kaufman, their CIO and co- CEO today. They're celebrating their 40th year in business and have been thinking a bit about what it will take to have 40 more. Some of the recent moves might be tied to that reflection.

    The short version is that Osterweis has internal benchmarks and expectations for their strategies. For Total Return in particular, the expectation was that the strategy would be able to seriously outperform a broad Bar Cap Agg strategy in turbulent markets. 2022 was "eye-opening," since the hope was for much smaller losses than the market and maybe even a gain. As it turns out, the performance was purely mediocre. In addition, investors weren't beating on the doors to get it.

    So Osterweis made a painful and principled decision: "I've been reading the book Quit: The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away lately. In 2012, we shut our hedge funds. Like them, this strategy had the promise, not the performance. It was time to react to reality. They're a really great team, but it is what it is and we did what we had to."

    He observed that the Zeo case was sort of parallel, which is what led to the same decision there.

    It struck me as principled and thoughtful, for what that's worth.
  • edited October 2023
    Can't thank you enough, David. I've been with Osterweis for quite some time. It's reassuring to me that they're taking the same principled approach I would.

    Do you know if they're keeping the same bond staff onboard, perhaps to support on OSTVX?


  • I'll ask one of the folks there. Mr. K. didn't volunteer that. Since the OSTRX team are investment grade specialists and most of Osterweis relies on high yield ...

    I'll check.
  • Will keep a closer eyes on OSTIX. Doing well this year but this is very unusual to see this internal development.
  • Hi, DS.

    As I suspected, the team is unlikely to remain with the firm though it's not inconceivable that one of the individual members might. The key is that their specialty, investment grade, is not a focus of the other Osterweis funds.

  • Greatly appreciated, David; and I agree, this is not terribly surprising. I hold Osterweis in high regard, and hold their funds in both taxable and IRA accounts.
Sign In or Register to comment.